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Information on the blood tests, exams, lab tests, diagnostic tools and picture-photos, used to evaluate and diagnosis the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
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What Exactly Is Early Rheumatoid Arthritis?
People experiencing joint pain, swelling, and stiffness are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating early rheumatoid arthritis offers the best chance to slow disease progression.

Anti-CCP - What is anti-CCP?
Anti-CCP is a diagnostic blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. It can be more useful than the rheumatoid factor test.

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Guide: Free E-Course Newsletter
Various aspects of rheumatoid arthritis make it different from other kinds of arthritis. It is important to learn all that you can about the disease. Better understanding will enhance your ability to manage the condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening Quiz
Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and early, aggressive treatment can help prevent joint damage and deformity. A combination of diagnostic tests, physical examination, and x-ray evidence confirms the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Take our screening quiz and if you suspect rheumatoid arthritis, consult a rheumatologist.

Rheumatoid Factor - What is the significance of a positive RA factor?
When told that they have a positive rheumatoid factor, patients often assume they have developed rheumatoid arthritis. Is that the case?

POLL: Rheumatoid Factor - Are you seronegative or seropositive?
80% of adults with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for rheumatoid factor (seropositive). What was your result?

What Is an Arthritis Remission?
An arthritis remission is when clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis subside for a period of time.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Synovial Fluid - Picture-Photo
Picture-photo of synovial fluid. The synovial membrane is the inner membrane of tissue that lines a joint. The synovial membrane secretes synovial fliud which serves to lubricate the joints.

What Is Rheumatoid Factor?
Approximately 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are positive for rheumatoid factor.

What Is CRP (C-Reactive Protein)?
As a blood test, CRP is not specific. A high result serves as a general indication of acute inflammation.

Book Review: What To Do When The Doctor Says It's Rheumatoid Arthritis
You can do a lot to take control of your medical care according to a book about rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Pattern of Joints Affected - Picture-Photo
Picture-photo of the pattern of joints affected in Rheumatoid arthritis. The pattern of joints affected is usually symmetrical, involves the hands and other joints and is worse in the morning. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a systemic disease

Blood Tests for Arthritis
Blood tests for arthritis are commonly used to help diagnose the disease and determine if treatment is effective.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Synovium - Picture-Photo
Picture-photo of synovium in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease which initially attacks the synovium, a connective tissue membrane that lines the cavity between joints and secretes a lubricating fluid.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Deformities (Late Stage) - Picture-Photo
The affect of rheumatoid arthritis can progress to the degree that it is crippling. Deformities distinctive to late-stage rheumatoid arthritis such as ulnar deviation of the bones of the hands, or swan-neck deviation of the fingers occur because muscles and tendons on one side of the joint may overpower those on the other side, pulling the bones out of alignment.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - The Disease Process - Picture-Photo
Picture-photo of the disease process in rheumatoid arthritis. The bodys own immune system attacks a joints synovial membrane, which secretes fluid and lines the joint. The synovium becomes inflamed, produces excess fluid, and the cartilage becomes rough and pitted.

Blood Test May Predict RA (Anti-CCP)
A study published in the October 2003 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism, reveals that one-third of people with rheumatoid arthritis had antibodies, called anti-CCP antibodies, in their blood long before they ever felt the first symptoms of the disease. Will this finding lead to a better diagnostic test for RA?

The Use of Anti-CCP Antibodies in RA
Anti-CCP antibodies are potentially important surrogate markers for diagnosis and prognosis in rheumatoid arthritis because they are as sensitive as, and more specific than, IgM rheumatoid factors (RF) in early and fully established disease, from ACR.

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Picture-Photo Image Gallery
Check out rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and diagnosis with over twenty-fivet related picture-photos in this comprehensive picture-photo image gallery from, Medicscan. You must enter "rheumatoid" into the image search box for the current list of images.

Diagnostic Tests - Harvard
Information on diagnostic tests, from Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide.

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